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The Kobani slaughter

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The international community has greeted the ethnic- cleansing and mass murder by Islamic State over the last months with indifference. Mass murder of Shi’ite civilians became evident in July, as Islamic State terrorists proudly and routinely taped civilians they had rounded up digging mass graves and then filmed their gunmen slaughtering people. In Iraq in mid-August, the world watched as Yezidis were ethnically cleansed and slaughtered, and Islamic State fighters sold women.


In September, attention turned to Syria’s Kurds. Although the US, France and UK did begin limited air strikes on Islamic State, the illusion that they would be effective has been burst with the siege of Kobani. Pentagon spokesman R.-Adm. John Kirby told Fox News on September 8 that ... “there is a limit to air power.... IS wants to hold ground.... Everyone is focused on Kobani and we understand, but we are taking away revenue [from Islamic State] and removing command and control nodes.”

This statement illustrates that protecting civilian life is not a real goal of the US administration or its allies. The technical references to preventing revenue from reaching Islamic State shows that stopping ethnic-cleansing and mass murder is not on the international community’s agenda.

The tragedy unfolding in Kobani is unacceptable.

Nations intone “Never again,” but we are watching a human catastrophe happen as Western powers fail to employ their massive resources.

It is time for the world to wake up and do something to aid the Kurds in their battle with Islamic State before it is too late.


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